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PhD in Occupational & Environmental Health


The Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational and Environmental Health program is an advanced, research-oriented degree program requiring in-depth study and research in a specialty area within the broad field of occupational and environmental health. It is designed to prepare graduates for careers in academia or research.

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The following are required:
  • The applicant must be in good standing with the college or university where currently enrolled or last attended.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution as well as a master's thesis or equivalent evidence of ability to conduct research.
  • Grade point average of 3.25 or above in graduate coursework.
  • Completed coursework in differential and integral calculus.
  • GRE test is required. Scores should be sent to SOPHAS by using the code 4244. 
  • Career goal statement uploaded through SOPHAS.
  • Current CV/Resume uploaded through SOPHAS.
  • Three letters of academic or professional recommendation uploaded through SOPHAS by the recommender. Applicants must list recommenders’ contact information on the application and then upon submission, SOPHAS will send instructions to each recommender on how to submit their letter electronically through the online portal.
  • Transcripts:
    • U.S. Applicants: SOPHAS requires a separate official transcript from every U.S. and Canadian institution attended be submitted by utilizing the instructions here. Applicants will enter the information in coursework section of the application utilizing the data from their transcript(s). Do not enter foreign courses taken at Universities outside the U.S. or Canada into the coursework section of the application.
    • International Applicants: There are two options for transcript and degree certificate evaluation:     
      1. Submit transcripts and degree certificates to the World Education Services ( for a course-by-course evaluation, and designate SOPHAS to receive the evaluation; or 
      2. Submit transcripts and degree certificates to the Educational Credential Evaluators ( for a course-by-course evaluation, and designate results to be sent from ECE to or to the following address:
             OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records
             1105 N. Stonewall Avenue, LIB 121
             Oklahoma City, OK  73117
  • International applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL (score of 90 or above) or IELTS (score of 6.5 or above) that meet the minimum required score. TOEFL scores must be submitted to SOPHAS using the designation code #5688.


Hudson College of Public Health applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and applications will be reviewed as they are complete. All materials must be submitted by the deadlines listed below for full consideration.

PhD in Occupational Environmental Health:

  • Spring: October 15
  • Fall: June 15



Application Instructions for Current OU Students and OU Alumni can be found here.



Submit a SOPHAS application ( and required fee (click here to review information regarding SOPHAS fees and fee waivers). The documentation identified in the ‘Admission Requirements’ section must be submitted in SOPHAS.


Applicants to the OU Hudson College of Public Health are required to submit a supplemental application and fee. The supplemental application is available via the OU Health Sciences Center website at: note that the PhD Occupational Environmental Health program will be listed under "Graduate College" in the online application (MS & PhD programs are listed under "Graduate College' but are taught by the Hudson College of Public Health). Applicants must select the same program(s) in the supplemental application as they did in the SOPHAS application.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no fee for the supplemental application


Student support opportunities to offset costs include graduate research assistantships and public health scholarships. Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, insurance, and supplies. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 271-2118.

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Minimum course hours excluding research tools must equal at least 90 hours above the bachelor’s degree.
      1. Core Competencies (20 hours):
  • OEH 6103 Research Methods in Occupational and Environmental Health
  • OEH 6793 Aerosol Science
  • OEH 6473 Risk Assessment
  • OEH 6683 Modeling Technology in OEH
  • BSE 6192 Grant Writing Skills in Epidemiology
  • BSE 5013 Applications of Microcomputers to Data Analysis (SAS)
  • BSE 5173 Biostatistics Methods II
       2. Selective BSE electives (courses not from this list require Advisory Committee approval) (9 hours):
  • BSE 5643 Regression Analysis
  • BSE 5663 Analysis of Frequency Data
  • BSE 5653 Non-Parametric Methods
  • BSE 5193 Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
  • BSE 5283 GIS in Health
  • BSE 5363 Epidemiology & Prevention of Chronic Diseases
      3. Requirements not counted toward the minimum course hours above the bachelor’s degree:
Communication selective (if one of these or an equivalent course was not taken at the master’s level):
HAP 7913 Professional Communication
OEH 5973 Communication and Ethics in OEH
Responsible conduct of research selective:
BSE 5111 Scientific Integrity in Research
BMSC 5001 Integrity in Scientific Research.
NOTE: Further training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) is required after four years, so students in their 5th year are required to enroll in the Advanced RCR course: BMSC 6011: Integrity in Scientific Research II
Pedagogy/mentored teaching selective:
Preparing Future Faculty Program (BMSC 6202 PFF – Instructional Methods & BMSC 6300 PFF – Supervised Teaching Experience)
OEH 6200 Imparting Knowledge in OEH (2 hours; 1 credit hour may be waived for PhD students who submit documentation of prior college-level teaching experience as stipulated in the OEH Policy on the PhD Teaching Requirement).
Public health foundational knowledge:
Any PhD student who has not previously completed the core MPH courses or earned a MPH degree is required to complete BSE 5033 Foundations and Overview of Public Health at the first opportunity.
4. Other electives (variable, as deemed necessary by the Doctoral Advisory Committee)

5. Dissertation (minimum of 20 hours but no more than 25 to be applied to the degree)

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The PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health program is considered a STEM-designated degree program.

A STEM-designated program is an academic program that falls under at least one of the approved categories from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These categories are recognized by the government for their focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. DHS's updated STEM-designated degree list can be found here:


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Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
Hudson College of Public Health
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
801 NE 13th Street, Suite 165
Oklahoma City, OK  73104

Office of Student Services
Phone:  (405) 271-2308

OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records: (405) 271-2359
OUHSC Office of Financial Aid: (405) 271-2118


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